ELPHINSTONE, Howard Crawfurd, Harry D. JONES, and William Edward Moyses REILLY. Journal of the Operations Conducted by the Corps of Royal Engineers [and] An Account of the Artillery Operations Conducted by the Royal Artillery and Royal Naval Brigade before Sebastopol in 1854 and 1855. London, George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, [for HMSO], 1859
Three text volumes in two and large slipcase with dissected and linen-backed lithographs; 4to. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, ruled in gilt and with morocco lettering-pieces, slipcase pebble-grained cloth with two morocco lettering-pieces on spine; pp. vi, 299, [iv], 638; viii, 373, 6 lithographic charts, diagrams and tables in volume I, slipcase with three lithographic views of Sevastopol and one panorama on one folding sheet, maps, plans and sections, numpered 1-20 and 16A on 17 folding sheets; wear to extremities of slipcase, text volumes a little rubbed, and lightly spotted internally, folded lithographs generally in very good condition; armorial engraved boopklates, Mirchouse, inside front covers of the text volumes.
Rare first edition of this monumental a detailed documentation of the theatre of war on southern Crimea. There are copies known with additional frontispiece and lithographic title; however, one known copy has the ms. annotation by HMSO, stating 'This Volume is incomplete, no perfect copies are available for issue'. The introduction for a 2003 partial reprint states 'The culminating struggle for the strategic Russian port in 1854-5 was the final bloody episode in the costly Crimean War. It was a story of trench warfare, struggles for strongpoints and bitter bravery and tenacity on both sides. Above all, perhaps, it was a struggle in which the skills of military engineers came into their own' (Naval & Military Press).